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New roads and transport ministers welcomed

February 9, 2017

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has welcomed the appointment of Ms Melinda Pavey as NSW Roads, Maritime and Freight Minister, while thanking out-going Minister Duncan Gay for his efforts to deliver heavy vehicle reform.

NHVR Chair Bruce Baird said he looked forward to working with Ms Pavey to deliver on-going reform to heavy vehicle safety and productivity.

Mr Baird said the NHVR was committed to “working with her to reduce red tape for the heavy vehicle industry, deliver consistency across borders and boost road safety for all road users.”

He also thanked Mr Gay for his contribution to the industry. Mr Gay was one of the original shareholding Ministers during the formative years of the NHVR.

“Duncan had a passion for the heavy vehicle industry and that showed with his support for a national regulator and the measures he delivered to improve freight and heavy vehicle transport across NSW,” Mr Baird said. He added that Mr Gay “recognised that a more efficient and safer heavy vehicle industry would deliver growth for local economies.”

Coincidentally, the Queensland Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games, Stirling Hinchliffe, has tendered his resignation.

“The issues at Queensland Rail have been some of the most challenging and, at times, frustrating issues I have needed to manage as a Minister,” Mr Hinchcliffe said.

“Now that the Commission of Inquiry has concluded and the Government delivered its response, I believe that Queensland Rail and the Transport portfolio have the path prepared for a fresh start to get back to delivering for our passengers.”

The inquiry was instigated after the cancellation of 100 services in October 2016 after the opening of the Redcliffe Peninsula Line was blamed on a shortage of train drivers. Also, about 60 percent of services were also cancelled on Christmas Day.

New face in Queensland
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has appointed Deputy Premier, Jackie Trad, as Acting Transport Minister and Treasurer.

Ms Trad will work with Queensland Rail to implement the Inquiry’s recommendations to restore Queensland Rail services across the State’s south-east train network.

NHVR’s Mr Baird also thanked Mr Hinchliffe for working collaboratively with the regulator and the heavy vehicle industry.
He said it was great to work with Mr Hinchliffe on a number of important heavy vehicle projects in Queensland, including the Special Purpose Vehicle Notice launched last year.

“Mr Hinchliffe was an advocate for improving access of heavy vehicles for livestock and agricultural carriers in regional Queensland and improving the permit process of all operators,” Mr Baird said.

Time will tell how the new ministers affect the heavy vehicle transport industry and its supply chain. To keep up to date with any changes to legislation or operators’ Chain of Responsibility (CoR) obligations, subscribe today to CoR Adviser.

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